NACLA Editors' Picks 2022

Join us in taking a look back at our most memorable web stories of 2022.

December 29, 2022

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For our NACLA web coverage, we reported on the presidential elections in Brazil and Colombia, protests in Ecuador, Peru's political crisis, Indigenous movements, the impacts of colonialism and climate change, and much more. We also co-produced a podcast about Brazil’s turn toward fascism under Bolsonaro. In our 2022 print issues of the NACLA Report, we delved into understanding the legacy of Chavismo and its impacts on the Latin American Left, racial justice and social movements in Brazil, the housing crisis around the region, and Chile in the wake of the rejected draft constitution

Here is a list of our most memorable pieces from this year. Support our work to help us bring you more quality analysis and reporting in 2023.

In Honduras, Victory of Leftist Woman President Rests on Other Women’s Struggles

Suyapa Portillo Villeda | January 2022

Ending more than a decade of right-wing rule, Xiomara Castro will enter office on January 27 with an agenda strongly shaped by women’s activism and other social movements. Read more.

Guatemala on Trial: Maya Land Rights Case Reaches International Court

María Inés Taracena | February 2022

After a decades-long fight against transnational mining interests and state repression, the community’s case could set a new precedent for Indigenous land and resource rights. Read more.

Why Haiti Advocacy Needs New Strategies

Mark Schuller | March 2022

As the Biden administration continues to ignore Haitian civil society proposals for a pathway out of crisis, confronting white supremacy across borders is essential. Read more.

Disobedient Histories: Descendants of Perpetrators in Argentina Join the Human Rights Movement

Claire Branigan | April 2022

Decades after the return to democracy, the children of dictatorship-era human rights abusers have ignited a new movement for truth, memory, and justice throughout Latin America and beyond. Read more.

Chile’s Identity Crisis: Mapuche Still Under Fire

Carole Concha Bell | May 2022

After vowing to do things differently, the Boric administration has invoked a familiar playbook in Mapuche territory. The difficult of breaking with the status quo speaks to the entrenched power of the Right. Read more.

In Ecuador, Indigenous-led National Strike Intensifies

Marc Becker | June 2022

Ten days into the strongest challenge yet to President Guillermo Lasso’s government, the protests only appear to be growing. Read more.

Behind Bolivia’s Less Violent Cocaine Trade

Linda Farthing and Thomas Grisaffi | July 2022

Narcotrafficking is a bloody business throughout Latin America, but less so in Bolivia. Read more.

Petro’s “Total Peace” in Colombia: Essential, But Not Easy

Joshua Collins and Daniela Díaz | August 2022

The new government calls for negotiations with armed groups and new approaches to the war on drugs that includes affected communities. Read more.

Another Hurricane Makes Clear the Urgent Need for Rooftop Solar in Puerto Rico

Ruth Santiago, Catalina de Onís, and Hilda Lloréns | September 2022

As Hurricane Fiona brutally underlines the lessons from Hurricane María, activists, advocates, and community members continue to demand energy justice now. Read more.

In Brazil, Disinformation Campaign Puts Democracy at Risk

Michael Fox | October 2022

As fake news skyrockets, a Brazilian media scholar reflects on what’s at stake in the final days before the country’s crucial presidential vote. Read more.

In the Dominican Republic, Language Barriers Complicate Life for Haitian Migrants

Kendall Medford | November 2022

For the hundreds of thousands of Kreyòl speakers living in the Dominican Republic, the lack of language resources limits access to basic services. Read more.

In Bogotá, Former FARC Combatants Hope Craft Beer Can Keep the Dream of Peace Alive

Joe Hiller | December 2022

Six years after the peace accords, former guerrillas develop alternative economies and livelihoods through micro-breweries and cultural spaces. Read more.

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